Rozen Maiden

Alternative Title: ローゼンメイデン, Rozen Maiden: Träumend, ローゼンメイデン ~ トロイメント, Rozen Maiden: Dreaming, Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre, ローゼンメイデン・オーベルテュー

Jun Sakurada, a middle school shut-in refuses to go to school after being traumatized by an embarrassing incident at school. One day, he receives a letter asking “yes or no”, and chose “yes”, meeting the living doll Shinku and the events of the original Rozen Maiden series unfolding. However, what would have happened if he had chosen “no”? Although he overcame his shut-in nature, this Jun can’t find a place where he belongs. Then, Shinku suddenly appears in this world where “Rozen Maidens” aren’t supposed to exist; what will their new encounter bring?!

The main plot of the story was hard to recognize at first, as the series progressed I came to realize what a simple story the anime had to begin with, and it seemed as if they were only using it as an excuse to initiate battle sequences or to progress character development (in which there was very little of) The mid part of the series felt like warm hearted comedy fillers, and had little or no relevance back to the real plot. The few battle scenes that were in the story weren’t very suspenseful, and usually always between Shinku and Suigintou, with occasional assistance from the other dolls, making the whole “action” part of the series seem a bit monotonous, and out of place.

One of the few things about the story that did have some merit was the concept of the “Alice Game” where the dolls have to fight each other and only the winner gets to meet the dolls father or “Rozen.” Even though on paper, that concept seems like a winner, the dolls involvement in the game was vaguely explained, and ironically the real story felt rushed being pushed out by the “filler” episodes for comedy. The anime attempted to be emotionally pulling on key points of the series, but I felt it wasn’t very well executed or effective at all. (wrote by BLaZIng36)

Opening Theme
1. “Kinjirareta Asobi” by ALI PROJECT
2. “Seishoujo Ryouiki” by ALI PROJECT
OVA: “Baragoku Otome” by ALI PROJECT
2013: “Watashi no Bara wo Kuuminasai” by ALI PROJECT
Ending Theme
1. “Tomei Shelter” by refio + Haruka Shimotsuki
2. “Hikari no Rasenritsu” by Kukui
OVA: “Utsusemi no Kage” by kukui
2013: “Alternative” by Annabel

Original Soundtrack:
Rozen Maiden Original Soundtrack
Rozen Maiden Traumend Original Soundtrack
Rozen Maiden (2013) Original Soundtrack

Album Collections:
Rozen Maiden Strings Sound Album
Rozen Maiden Piano Sound Album

Talk CD:
Rozen Maiden Drama CD
Rozen Maiden Special Duel Radio CD
Rozen Maiden Original Drama CD -Detektiv-.
Rozen Maiden Traumend Original Drama CD
Rozen Maiden Traumend Original Drama CD Vol. 2
Rozen Maiden OVA: Bara no Kaori no Garden Party Vol. 1
Rozen Maiden OVA: Bara no Kaori no Garden Party Vol. 2
Rozen Maiden OVA: Bara no Kaori no Garden Party Vol. 3
Rozen Maiden Bonus Kunstwerk DNA Mediaplex
Rozen Maiden Bonus CD 1: memories of garden party

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